Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, Sheffield

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A stone chimney stands among long-abandoned, silent ruins - a faithful sentinel still guarding this remote military post in the Pecos River valley. Spanning 82 acres, the site commemorates the vestiges of one of four posts established in 1855 to protect the military route between San Antonio and El Paso. Wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler's store and bakery. Listen to knowledgeable staff discuss the fort's importance and enjoy the sights, sounds and wildlife of West Texas.
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Restaurants
1 within 3 miles
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seekingrainydays
109 contributions
If you like ruins/ghost towns, this is a great site
Jan 2020
The employee working was very friendly and knowledgeable. This is a very off the beaten path location. It is about a 40-minute detour on/off the interstate plus the time at the site. You can borrow a golf cart to drive around the area which is very nice since there is no shady areas when walking. The gift shop and museum areas inside are nice and the bathrooms are clean.
Written September 5, 2020
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Chuck B
Cornell, MI233 contributions
Great side trip with an awesome view if you're Westbound!
Apr 2019 • Family
The visitors center / museum is very well done and informative. The Fort ruins speak for themselves as to the harshness endured by the Cavalry Troops stationed here. The scenic view on the drive into the fort from the east is incredible!
Written April 22, 2019
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Texastrips
Texas1,631 contributions
Terrific quick trip from I10 to break up your journey
Mar 2019 • Couples
Easy access from I10, very interesting site with a recent remodeled visitor center that now includes a small but excellent museum. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. You can ride a little golf cart around the site which is very entertaining. Fascinating view of a key part of the Texas past. Well worth the detour.
They have cold drinks for sale but no food so take a picnic if you want to eat - shaded picnic area there and at the nearby viewpoint.
Written March 20, 2019
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Dan F
Winchester, KY371 contributions
Ruins of an old west cavalry fort
May 2017 • Solo
One of a string of Southwest Texas forts to defend the Mexican border and help control Indian issue. Manned by the famous Buffalo soldiers. All ruins, no real restoration. Very nice park and visitor center. Makes a great place to get history of this remarkable time along with sister forts Davis and McKavett. Very isolated area. In the Pecos valley.
Written May 17, 2017
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chicachama
Houston, TX62 contributions
Great side trip!
Apr 2017 • Couples
Super fun detour after we just toured Fort Davis. The young man at desk was super knowledgeable. Beautiful day and great little museum that would be great for kids! And who doesn't like driving around in a golf cart!!!
Written April 19, 2017
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jdoni1031
Redwood City, CA11 contributions
Great history!
Aug 2016
A little off the beaten path but full of history. We were provided with a golf cart for the 1+ mile tour, thank goodness, it was HOT out there!
Written August 21, 2016
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B5John
New Orleans,Louisiana283 contributions
A Great Place to Visit
Jun 2016 • Family
If you're driving through West Texas and see the sign that says Fort Lancaster, do yourself a favor and exit.

The drive from the interstate to the fort is beautiful. The two lane road doesn't get much traffic so you feel like you're the only person around for miles. During the 20 or 30 minutes it took to drive to the fort I didn't see any other cars and actually wondered if I missed my turn. As I got closer and closer what was a flat road with prairie all around turned into a twisting and turning mountain road. The view from the roadway into the valley was absolutely beautiful. The drive itself was worth the detour.

The fort itself is basically piles of rubble with a few fireplaces left standing. Considering I had two kids in tow, I almost considered skipping the tour of the ruins until my kids heard the ranger mention a golf kart. That's right.....a golf kart. included with your admission to the fort is the keys to your very own lifted golf kart. My kids couldn't of cared less about the history of the fort, Indian attacks or any of it. All they wanted was for me to go fast and hit the bumps. It was damn near perfect. I got to view the fort and learn its history all while thrilling my kids with my driving skills. This was one of our favorite stops on our trip.

I strongly recommend a stop at Fort Lancaster if you're passing through.
Written August 16, 2016
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TallyHoHoHo
San Antonio, TX1,209 contributions
Nice Stop On Way To Marfa!
May 2016 • Couples
Out in the middle of nowhere, this place appears. About ten minutes off of IH-10, it's well worth a stop. Not much there, but you really get an idea of how desolate some of the places in Texas was for frontiersmen. You can see the wagons trying to make their way over this rugged terrain. Ranger was informative and helpful.
Written May 24, 2016
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littlemissnuisance
Sheffield, UK154 contributions
Pretty cool place to detour
Sep 2015 • Solo
I came across this place on my way to Big Bend and I'm glad I did. The visitor centre is under construction currently but you can still walk around and explore. The views are quite striking too.
Written October 1, 2015
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Ann B
Potton, UK75 contributions
Must visit
Sep 2015
Came across this historic site by accident, well worth a visit, some refurbishment being done presently so information centre closed. Very emotive site when you know the history. After visit follow the road up to the view point for amazing view
Written September 28, 2015
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  • Fort Lancaster State Historic Site is open:
    • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM